Watch List DE Thomas excels at combine

SAN ANTONIO -- It’s hard to stand out in a crowd of roughly 500 prospects in a space as vast as the Alamodome, but ESPN Watch List defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) was able to on Friday.

Thomas performed as you’d expect in 1-on-1 drills and tested out well, all except for one event, according to him.

“I felt good about everything but the 40,” Thomas said. “I felt my start wasn’t good. My first step was too short. I stood up too straight. But it’s OK my 40 time isn’t what matters against the competition anyway.”

He’s right about that. All that does matter is apparently incorporated into his game judging by how many programs recently stopped by for in-home visits.

Texas, Alabama, Stanford, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas Tech were among the schools that stopped by Coppell High School not too long ago. Many of them offered him invites to their respective junior days.

“I know I will for sure be going to Alabama, one of Texas’ junior days,” Thomas said. “I’ll go to OU and try to go to Baylor and Texas A&M.”